The Design Thinking Process
Weekly Reflections and Contributions to our Design Thinking Project
Module 1: The Discovery Phase
Our "Golden Camels" group was designed, otherwise known as the "Cool Camel Club," in which the four of us met via Google Hangouts, established a Voxer group, and proactively brainstormed some social injustice challenges to use as our primary focus for this design thinking project. I created a Linoit page to have our group members contribute "stickies" of ideas that would be good for a social injustice focus, which led to some great conversations about English Language Learners at all of our sites.
After my group met a few times via Google Hangouts, we decided that our focus for our social injustice challenge would be with improving the academic outlook, as well as the inequity issue with respect to quality instruction, for the English Language Learner population. I then created this Pinterest board to curate some of the tools already in existence for ELLs, which I shared with The Golden Camels to help with the curation of our research.
Module 2: The Interpretation Phase
Module 3: The Ideation Phase
Students and parents are provided and extended learning time with digital tools to track their own growth/success. These tools include, but aren’t limited to, Blogging, reading/literacy software (such as Lexia), software that allows for translation (Google Translate, etc.), and will all be available outside of school. These opportunities will be initiated and followed-up via monthly or bimonthly parent nights, hosted by teachers and ELAC parents (and lots of culturally relevant food and decorations). At these nights, groups will be formed with parents and students/teachers, rotate between rooms in a “World Cafe”/Un-conference type setting, receiving resources along the way. Parents and their students will be arranged in purposeful groupings to master oral and written language objectives and opportunities to interact with varying English proficiency levels. Field trips (both physical and virtual) will be incorporated to allow for authentic language immersion, as well as opportunities to showcase learnings and ask more questions.